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Wanderer Paperback – January 25, 1998
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An impressive writer. Like Fitzgerald, Hayden is a romantic. His writing about the sea evokes echoes of Conrad and McFee, of London and Galsworthy...Beautifully done. (Los Angeles Times)
A superb piece of writing...Echoes from Poe and Melville to Steinbeck and Mailer. A work of fascination on every level. (New York Post)
Hayden's wonderful autobiography Wanderer ...should be in every main salon aboard every boat. Hayden's life can't be emulated, but it is instructive (Ocean Navigator)
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The author has compiled a litany of accomplishment simply by writing about the lifestyle he loved best. Sterling Hayden was a dory fisherman in the Grand Banks as a teenager; captained a two masted brig from Boston to Tahiti at age 22; he then became one of the youngest Master Mariners at age 24; sailed around the world twice; sailed to Tahiti several times; was the protege of the top men in his field such as: Robert O. White (Instrument Maker); Irving Johnson, Lincoln Colcord, and Ben Pine. He was also a mate on board the Gloucesterman 'Gertrude L. Thebaud' in its historic race against the big Canadian saltbanker'Bluenose'. He dined with the President of the United States; became a movie star; married a movie star; starred in two Stanley Kubrick productions; became wealthy and became broke; was an enlisted man then a Marine Corp officer; test-ran some of the first PT boats for the U.S. Navy; became an intelligence officer in the Balkans during W.W.II with the nascent O.S.S. and met with its founder 'Wild Bill' Donovan; and testified before the Senate Committee investigating un-American activities in Hollywood. Even from his best jobs Sterling Hayden would willingly descend down the social ladder as drifter, vagabond, and working sailor, because to him they were all interchangeable.Read more ›
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Sterling Hayden was even more gifted as a writer than as an actor. In fact, I feel that he should have concentrated all his efforts on writing instead of acting, and thereby saved... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great read for fans of movies or sailing. Hollywood could use more stars like Sterling Hayden.Published 1 month ago by SG
Sterling Hayden has had a remarkable life, as a fellow Marine I am very much in sympathy with his spirit.Published 1 month ago by Joseph Cardinale
a terrific adventure and very well written from an unexpected source.Published 1 month ago by Creature of Comfort
amazing and at times painful memoir by a man who was gifted enough to get away with sometimes acting crazy.Published 1 month ago by Bruce Nichols
This is one of those books that speaks directly to your inner soul and primal man. I simply couldn't put it down and looked for every opportunity to lose myself in its pages. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trevor B.
Loved this book. I have read parts of this book over and over again. Many would like to live his life but don't have the courage.Published 4 months ago by Karleen E. Gochenour
It was a good book. Having read the story in the newspapers as they happened, it was really interesting to read Hayden's story.Published 6 months ago by Mike and Ann